'We’ve Messed It Up': Boomers And Millennials Unite In Climate Fight
As fires continue to burn across NSW, thousands have stepped out in Sydney's CBD for an emergency climate rally urging politicians to take action on climate policy.
Nine-year-old Wesley was among the first protesters on the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall on Wednesday, holding a hand-drawn placard that said, ‘Save the Planet!”.
“I want to help the earth to be more sufficient so no fires are burning because it’s getting really bad,” he told 10 daily.
Afraid of both fire and flood that climate change could bring, Wesley carried his Troll toy with a face mask matching his own.
It’s young people like this who Angelika Treichler traveled three hours into Sydney to stand alongside.
“It’s our planet which is at stake and we’ve got to do something, especially we older people. We’ve messed it all up with our lifestyle. We’ve got to now support the young people,” she told 10 daily.
Treichler brought with her a photo of her burning Blue Mountains backyard. “I’m very scared, I’m also very angry,” she told 10 daily.
“I wake up every morning, running out to my verandah to have a look at what’s happening. At the moment it’s coming closer and closer, all it needs is a change of wind and my house will be gone.”
AJ Tennant also attended the rally on Wednesday and said the harsh reality of Australia's current climate is what led him to begin volunteering for the Extinction Rebellion a year ago.
“Seeing the red sun and the haze, I think it just really hit home that climate change isn’t something abstract, he told 10 daily.
"It’s not something that’s coming soon, it's something that’s on our doorstep now.”
While the crowd drew an array of people, Tennant is determined to break down stereotypes leveled at climate activists.
“I have a four-month-old kid, I’m not a ‘crazy hippy’, I work in Martin Place, I have a very sensible job and I wear a suit," he said.
"I just care about my kid’s future and it’s hard to look him in the eye right now and think the world’s going to be a safe place in 30 or 40 years’ time, so we have to act now.”
The key aims of Wednesday's rally were to see action taken against climate change and bushfire smoke, along with boosting funding for firefighters.
During the rally, a roar of thanks from hundreds of protesters rang through the crowd for the thousands of firefighters on the frontline of Australia’s bushfires.
“We’d like to see those firefighters who are giving up their free time, their families and their employment be given some kind of recompense,” protester Tim Jurd told 10 daily.
Sophia Forrest who donned her 'Stop Adani' earrings for the rally, likened it to the civil rights and women’s rights movements.
“We’re here to say that we’re not happy with them burying their heads in the sand,” she told 10 daily.
“We’re terrified because we believe our Government is not implementing any policies and is in complete denial about the crisis climate that we’re in.”